Princess by Jean Sasson
A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

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All three books drive the reader onto just one more page, one more chapter, leaving the reader begging for even more.
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Synopsis

PRINCESS describes the life of Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband and her country.

Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: thirteen-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age, young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room."

PRINCESS is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters.

A New York Times bestseller, PRINCESS was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader's Digest Selection.

The complete Princess trilogy is also available as an ebook for the first time. For the 3-in-1 ebook, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Princess-Trilogy-Daughters-ebook/dp/B00A3XIDOE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354645728&sr=1-1

PRAISE FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER PRINCESS:

"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine

"A chilling story...a vivid account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly

"Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights." --USA Today

"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle
 

About Jean Sasson

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Jean Sasson was born in the small town of Louisville, Alabama. As a child, she was fascinated by stories of countries and cultures different from her own. This curiosity continued into her adult years, ultimately propelling her to find work in a foreign country. In 1978, she took a job as an administrator coordinator of the King
 
Published January 8, 2014 by Windsor-brooke Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Worth paging past the trivial, then, to absorb a chilling and enraging portrait of women's absolute powerlessness in Saudi society.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Jessica G. on Sep 04 2013

I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults. Though I think women would enjoy it more than men I think men would enjoy the novel too.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Sep 04 2013

All three books drive the reader onto just one more page, one more chapter, leaving the reader begging for even more.

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Ruchi Chandra on Sep 27 2010

All an all a very well written book for the sheer, matter of fact manner, simplistic view and for bringing out the character of Sultana so well that after you finish the book you are left with a feeling that you can surely recognize her in a mob if you happen to see her.

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A Lot of Pages

Above average
on Sep 01 2013

All in all, it makes for an emotional read...However the only issue that I had with the (auto)biography was that I did not feel satisfied with Sultana's ferociousness. I felt there was something incomplete or missing in the entire write up.

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A Lot of Pages

Good
Reviewed by A Lot of Pages on Feb 29 2012

The book makes a very interesting and gripping read. the style and language are very simple and fluid making it an easy read.

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Alex in Leeds

Above average
Reviewed by Alex in Leeds on Mar 29 2004

The oppressive world of religious police, strict rules of acceptable behaviour and little freedom for women is shown to be remarkably brutal, limited and strict and there is probably a lot of truth in here, even if it cobbled together from gossip and a variety of sources

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Reviewed by Lauren D. on Sep 04 2013

As I read this book, I began to appreciate our culture more and more. I learned that no matter how unfair society is there is always going to be another society that is even more unfair.

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